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First Term at Malory Towers Paperback – Jan 1967

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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Dragon Grafton; New edition (Jan. 1967)
  • ISBN-10: 058330026X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0583300261
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,358,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Enid Blyton Enid Blyton died in 1968 but remains one of the best-known and best-loved children’s authors. The characters in her stories have been enjoyed for generations and she is consistently voted number one in children's favourite author polls. She has over 600 children's books to her credit, including series such as Malory Towers, St Clare’s, The Faraway Tree, The Wishing-Chair and Famous Five.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 April 2006
Format: Paperback
I have been a huge fan of the Malory Towers series for almost ten years now and i would thoroughly recommend the books to anybody. They are very accessible and gripping until the end. Whilst some may damn Enid Blyton's books as being monotonous or uninteresting, i, and the thousands of other people who have read and enjoyed these books for years, can attest to their brilliance. Anyone who has ever wished to attend a boarding school and enjoy the midnight feasts and adventures which occur there will simply adore these books!
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Harlow Guthrie on 6 Jun. 2005
Format: Paperback
There has been a great debate, and rightly so, of the relevance of Enid Blyton to a multi-class, multi-cultural Britain. I first read this book when I was 11 years old - 35 years ago. I come from a hard working, respectable working class family in East London. Nothing could be further from my world than a group of posh girls setting off for boarding school to take part in japes etc etc. However - I loved it - my fantasy world with Darrell, Felicity and co. My best friend preferred the St Clair's books and she had a similar background to mine.
I can honestly say that I probably felt free to enjoy all the Malory Towers books comfortable in the knowledge that my parents would never be in the position to send me off to boarding school. I am sure that the series would seem pretty irrelevant to many young girls now, probably just a good trip back to the days of Bunty and Judy for those of us who are now smiling while reading this review.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. J. Wells on 20 Mar. 2006
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This book is amazing, I had it given to me at about the age of seven, read it several times and thoroughly enjoyed it. I've just found out they are being re-released this year and as I am now 18, I'm buying the whole set for my younger sister who is almost eight. Perfect for adults and children. Fabulous!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Loobie Loo on 14 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this for my 7 year old daughter and myself to read together at bedtime. I read this series of books fervantly as a young child and looked forward to sharing the experience with my daughter. Lucy's point of view was the same as mine at 7, in that she couldn't wait to read the next book and we are now just about to start the third. She loved the boarding school setting and begged to be read extra every night. I have to admit though being somewhat shocked at how boring I found these books and also how 'beastly' some of the girls were (to coin a phrase!). It's amazing how you change over the years.
However I am grading this as 5 star as Lucy loved it and it is after all aimed at her age group not boring old ***** like myself!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Boof VINE VOICE on 2 May 2008
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Ah, how much did I love these books when I was a kid? I so desperately wanted to be friends with Darrell Rivers et al and tip-toe down to the beach for midnight feasts with lashings and lashings of ginger beer!

I must have read the whole series at least 10 times, and I recently rediscovered them when I was off work sick for a few days - I curled up under my duvet with mugs of lemsip and lost myslef in the best boarding school in the world for a few days. I'm in my 30's now (well into them, but shhh!) and I could have been a 10 year old again, they made me feel carefree and happy.

The series follows Darrell Rivers and friends (Sally, Mary Lou etc) through their 5 years at boarding school on the Cornish coast and we meet and fall in love with an aray of fabuous characters along the way including spoilt, sulky Gwendoline, headstrong Alicia and tomboy Bobbie.

I just loved these books years ago and I still love them now. Whether you have never read any Mallory Towers or you grew up with them like me, then you are about to get a real treat by picking this book up. Enjoy!
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Diya on 20 Jan. 2002
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'First Term at Malory Towers' is about a girl called Darrell who goes to Malory Towers, a girl's boarding school, for the first time. There she finds plenty of excitement. She meets quiet Sally, who in the end of the book, changes quite a lot. She also meets scatter-brained Irene, Jean, a jolly girl from Scotland, Emily, a quiet studious girl, and Katherine the headgirl of the First Form. There is also timid Mary-Lou, who is quite scared of insects, boastful and spiteful Gwendoline, and last of all witty, amusing Alicia who enjoys playing tricks on the teachers. Darrell also meets Matron, the lady who takes care of the girls in the North Tower, which Darrell is in.
Miss Potts, the First Form teacher teaches Darrell how to use her time wisely. Darrell is a hardworking girl, but knows when to have fun and she soon settles in and joins in the fun and games. She gets along quite fine and although there are some mishaps, altogether everything is sorted out in the end. This is a very happy-go-lucky sort of book, but you also learn a lot from it. I recommend this book for people who like humour, adventure and fun. It isn't too comical or too serious. It has just the right mixture. I can't really compare it with anything else because it is special in its own way, and I like it a lot. It is a book you can read and reread again and again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 July 1999
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I read Enid Blyton's books since I was 7, almost 2o years ago. The Malory Towers series are some of my favorites. School and friendship relive as beautiful memories and lessons in life. It is very engaging and you will feel as if you are one of the students in the class or in the forbidden night parties.
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